Lendava Things to Do
It won't take long hike from centre of Lendava to get at the top (well, one of the tops at along the ridge) of Lendavske gorice with the chapel of Holy Trinity. It's also one of the religious buildings in the area that can be seen well from the town below and while approaching it and shares some superb views of the landscape 360 degrees from its standing point.
Chapel was built in 1728 by the local people with financial support of wealthy families whom were thankful of being saved from Turkish raids at that time.
See the graveyard around the chapel with ancient tombs - its the oldest graveyard of Lendava and there are some notable stones well preserved. Sit down by the benches in shade of tree, enjoy the view and catch the sound of the wind... though, if you come in winter, it can be only freezingly cold.
If the chapel is open, take a step inside and find miraclously preserved mummy of Michaly Hadik - a macabre monument of some distant, turbulent times.Related to:
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- Arts and Culture
Lendava gallery - Museum takes place in the castle above the town - it's impossible to miss it, since it's landmark here. The L shape building comes with several rooms - few are temporary exhibitons, a some are are permanent ones. If you're in town, it's worth to check out the gallery web site for up to date information: recently the were displaying Alfons Mucha graphics, earlier Oskar Kokoschka and others; latest was 'shunga', Japanese erotic art. In sum: many interesting and actual exhibitions can make art lover travel Lendava.
In summer they host fine art colony - well worth to check out is also art colony for young artists; at that time, Lendava has thriving atmopshere created by people from many ends of the Earth, and the atmopshere is multi cultural.
Of permanent exposition take a look into room with pre historic findings, see displayed ancient maps, local artists exhibition, room dedicated to battle against Ottoman invaders on Lendava plain, armory room, sculptures in the corridor, some dating to Roman period, then art colony works... and of course, ethnology exhibition - note admirable hand vowen textiles with beautiful intircate patterns upon white background (of hemp, flax). One can only wish those things didn't vanish from people's homes... how individually different they were, yet the only chance to see rich heritage of the area is through this and that museum - or via 'ethnology' festivals geared for tourists.Related to:
- Museum Visits
- Castles and Palaces
One of the 'best' things about Lendava are its scenic vineyards on the slopes of Southern exposures of Lendavske gorice. It would make it for a perfect day spent outdoors - on a nice weather, especially in summer - or even better, during autumn whean leaves become golden yellow and grape is ready to pick.
Wine road with wine cellars - take a walk, the hill is not too steep - plenty places to try some of the delicious local varieties and to sample traditional dishes. As you'll walk, you'll have worry free time - and you may drink as much as your body can bear or wish, but of course stick to the road sides and watch for the cars, indeed there is some traffic!
You'll be enjoying lovely views, you'll see plenty of weekend houses - many wine cellars, you'll note some of traditional Panonnian houses.
Road is well signposted - but if you do get lost, it's only for pleasures of discovering some different angle, the views.
Interesting pub at the entrance of the city with big variety of beers, from Slovenian Union and all kinds of Laško/Zlatorog to classic Irish beers.
I was rather drinking coffee, because Lendava was just one spot in the day for me, but I was very pleased with the atmosphere and service, and specially with the prices.
Lendava Off The Beaten Path
Some 2 and half kilometer or so from Lendava along old local road through Dolga vas, there's one of the few Jewish cemeteries in Slovenia. Now no longer in use for burial grounds because Lendava Jewish community virtually became extinct during WWII when most of the members were brought into concentration camps - and what followed after the war only prevented survivors to return as there was no peaceful revival guaranteed.
For other peoples interested in 'cultural' things of past and present: it's one of the clearest signs of how thriving was once the Jewish community and how different cultures coexisted in the area more and less peacefully.
Shelterd and shaded by thuya - cypress trees and bushes - this grass covered cemetery cradels memoir to the past - and of society composition changed. As one of the biggest in the country, it becomes significant site to visit. Silence interrupted by birds and neighbour domestic animals behind the fence reminds of closeness to the the village.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
- Historical Travel